NASCAR: New landing area emerging for Bubba Wallace? – Beyond the Flag

16September 2020

Bubba Wallace will not return to Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season and has actually been connected to a brand-new landing area for next year. Amid

installing speculation about his future in the NASCAR Cup Series, Bubba Wallace just recently revealed that the 2020 season will be his third and final season as the full-time motorist of the # 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports.

The 26-year-old Mobile, Alabama local has not validated where he will complete next year, although he has several sponsors which he has actually gotten over the last couple of months to take with him wherever he goes.

He has actually been discussed as one of the (many) prospects to take over behind the wheel of the # 48 Chevrolet at Hendrick Motorsports once seven-time Jimmie Johnson actions away from full-time competition at the end of the season, and he has even validated that he has actually been provided an offer by Chip Ganassi Racing. Today a brand-new landing spot has actually emerged, one that technically does not exist yet.

Germain Racing just recently exposed that GEICO has actually chosen not to restore their main sponsorship deal of the # 13 Chevrolet for next year after acting as the team’s main sponsor given that 2009, leaving the team in a bind that might force them to be sold after the 2020 season ends.

Go Into Denny Hamlin?

There had actually been installing speculation that the driver of the # 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing would be purchasing Richard Petty Motorsports which they would change to Toyota and form a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, especially since group co-owner Andrew Murstein has actually continued to promise “major announcements” in the near future relating to possible investors.

But with Wallace having announced that he won’t return there next year, those reports sort of went out the window– the Hamlin connection, that is. It is still thought that Richard Petty Motorsports have some significant statements can be found in the near future investor-wise, including the verification of a brand-new driver.

Plus, Richard Petty Motorsports have a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, and a manufacturer switch would suggest that they would no longer have the ability to run out of the latter’s school. A switch just one year before the Gen 7 cars and truck is introduced likewise doesn’t make a ton of sense from a monetary viewpoint.

Nevertheless, even with that out of the picture, the talks of Hamlin purchasing a team have actually not dissipated, and now those talks have moved to the purchase of Germain Racing, with an occurring Toyota offer.

Regardless of a rule avoiding drivers who compete for a four-car group to own a separate automobile, this is still reportedly an option, as Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass noted that NASCAR president Steve Phelps has actually left the door open for Hamlin to do just that since this would not technically make his cars and truck the 5th car of Joe Gibbs’s company.

Hamlin is a teammate to Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones at the four-car Toyota team, with Jones set to be changed by Christopher Bell next year.

As far as Wallace’s relationship with Toyota, he has raced and won for the manufacturer previously, despite having driven for just Ford and Chevrolet while at Richard Petty Motorsports because making his Cup Series launching as the replacement for the hurt Aric Almirola in 2017.

He contended for Kyle Busch Motorsports full-time in the Truck Series in 2013 and 2014 and for Joe Gibbs Racing as a part-time driver in the Xfinity Series in 2012 and 2014. Additionally, he completed for Rev Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing in K&N Pro Series East in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

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So perhaps there is a reason that Wallace has actually not yet accepted the offer provided to him by Chip Ganassi over a month ago now, despite the reality that this would be a substantial upgrade in terms of the competitiveness of his team.Source:

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